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California has gutted the budget for what was once a shining example of public higher education, leaving students saddled with more debt and fewer options. 

Electoral map

Democrats have a rich opportunity to push electoral reform at the state level.

The state that Obama won in 2008 is far from a sure thing this time around.

Battleground 2012: Can Obama Win North Carolina Again?

In this crucial swing state, organizers are betting that a strong grassroots ground game can defeat Romney’s Super PAC cash.

New York's Black Sites

As states like Mississippi reject solitary confinement, this “blue” state leads the nation in the use of “disciplinary segregation.” Or as prisoners call it: torture.

Far from a slam dunk for immigrants, the Supreme Court ruling allows Juan Crow to stand as the law of the land.

The True Story of Sharia in American Courts

Sharia is as unthreatening to the US legal system as the ideas in the Old Testament. Yet bigoted hysteria is fueling legislation that actually undermines our courts.

The veteran LGBT activist is fighting for an Assembly seat in California, but she faces tough opposition from a current representative who moved into her district and who is backed by Speaker John Perez.

The state’s top number-cruncher discusses taxes, education and the consequences of drowning government in the bathtub.

Scott Walker

The protests in Wisconsin have inspired a new generation of candidates—and they’re winning.

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Sure, Wisconsin has financial troubles. Just about every state does. Instead of addressing them in the same way the state traditionally has, however, the governor is using what he calls a “crisis” as an excuse to bust unions.

February 22, 2011

Awkward? Wisconsin's governor claims he's gotten 19,000 e-mails, many of them supportive of his plan to bust public unions. Then more than 80,000 Wisconsinites attend the largest rally yet to oppose it..

February 20, 2011

“When we fight, we win. We fight in Montgomery, we win. We fight in Selma, we win,” the veteran of the civil rights struggle tells union members and their supporters. “We march in Madison, Wisconsin, we win.”

February 19, 2011

Wisconsin teachers, state, county and municipal employees, small business owners and students have employed the right to peaceably assembly and to petition for the redress of grievances. And this small-"d" democratic strategy is working. Legislators are slowing down the rush to enact anti-labor legislation. This is what democracy looks like. And this is what the founders meant when they wrote the First Amendment.

February 18, 2011

LIVE reports from Wisconsin, where the governor is seeking to end collective bargaining, and tens of thousands of union members and their allies are rallying in opposition.

February 17, 2011

Governor Scott Walker wants to strip public employee unions of collective bargaining rights on Thursday. Teachers, students, state employees, firefighters and small business owners from every corner of the state have surrounded the Capitol for mass rallies in protest.

February 17, 2011

Republican Governor Scott Walker wants to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights. Wisconsinites are fighting back.

February 15, 2011

The most radical assault yet by the current crop of Republican governor on the rights of workers has inspired outrage in a historically progressive and pro-labor state, with the governor alerting the National Guard in case of industrial action.

February 13, 2011

Surely Palin knows that it is easier to complain of being unfairly demonized than to pause for a moment in the aftermath of a tragedy to reflect on her own role in sowing rage and divisiveness.

January 14, 2011

A  Montana Republican Party platform plank calls for criminalizing homosexuality, a stance that would round up gays and lesbians and incarcerate them. That's bigotry in its crudest form. Shouldn't Republican Party leaders condemn it, as Democratic leaders did the bigoted stances of southern Democratic parties in the 1950s and 1960s?

September 19, 2010